The key to creating solutions to homelessness is understanding who is homeless.
“The reality is that more people move in and out of homelessness quickly versus those that experience long episodes or those that experience repeated cycles of homelessness. For many homelessness is the result of a crisis that tips the balance in their lives…An eviction, job loss, chronic disabilities and domestic violence contribute to the underlying factors that can cause individuals and families to become homeless. Extreme poverty, a lack of affordable housing, and chronic health challenges, barricade the way home. Over half of all homeless persons are homeless for less than a year.” -Texas Homeless Network
Previous PIT Count Data
2016 – 2016 PIT Count results
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all communities applying to use HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) funding to serve the homeless should count the unsheltered and sheltered homeless on one night that falls within the last 10 days of January. This annual count is referred to as the “Point-in-Time Count,” and is important to all communities, providing a tally of who is homeless on a given night and producing a snapshot of who experiences homeless throughout the year. Interviews of individuals were conducted by volunteers a various sites and at social service agencies in the community.
The Denton County Homeless Coalition coordinates a census and survey of the homeless not only to fulfill the HUD requirement for federal funding for a variety of homeless housing and supportive services through the CoC, but also in order to understand the changing trends, extent, and nature of homelessness in Denton County. The data assists in measuring the degree of success in ending homelessness.
- Help us know this sub-population in our community – Who are they?
- Help us understand the causes of homelessness
- Help our community know/plan needed services/resources
- Help raise public awareness
- Help us know where homeless live besides in shelters
- Help us track the progress we are making to reduce homelessness
- Help us prepare data for the grants and other available funding.